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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Two for the books as Laguna Beach authors share some of their best work

Perhaps you know or remember Jim Fielding, a former Laguna Beach resident and author of All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically. Well, his friends Chris Tebbutt, Michael Fullen and Sue Greenwood are having a book tour party, co-hosting the evening on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, 330 N. Coast Highway.

According to Amazon, “In All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically, celebrated corporate leader James Fielding delivers an inspirational leadership story told from the perspective of an out and proud LGBTQ+ executive. In the book, you’ll explore a call-to-action for authentic servant leadership that encourages people to own their truth and bring out the best in themselves and their communities.

“Fielding explains his key decisions and inflection points and highlights how his leadership style, learnings, successes and failures informed his rise through the rungs of the corporate ladder. You’ll also find:

–The importance of becoming and remaining a lifelong learner and constantly curious.

–How to control the controllable while leaving space for the possible.

–Strategies for employing truthful and inspirational servant leadership.”

The book is called an essential resource for managers, executives, directors and other business leaders. All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically will also earn a place on the bookshelves of young, aspiring leaders seeking practical and impactful strategies for real-world leadership.”

The community is invited.

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Courtesy of LinkedIn

Author Jim Fielding returns home to share his “USA Today” bestseller

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Speaking of books, check out Pamela Knudsen’s new children’s book, Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon.

The book features two curious cats, Topper and Lexington, who have always obeyed their mother with one rule: never leave the yard. But, one night “the full moon vanishes from the night sky, leaving behind something strange and red in its place.”

Guess what Topper and Lexington do? They leave the yard meeting a whole host of new friends outside the yard, but scary creatures too.

Can they find their way back home?

Pamela lives locally with her cat Samantha Jo, and is known around town as the “cat lady.”

The book is written by Knudsen, with illustrations by Patricia and Robin DeWitt.

You can visit her online at catladyinthecanyon.com.

Courtesy of Pamela Knudsen

Inside these pages are the travels of Topper and Lexington

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Laguna Art Museum Development Director Crystal Tosello posed in their recent email video to the community with a huge smile on her face. Why?

The year-end fundraising effort by LAM had set a goal of $170,000, which they easily surpassed, raising $248,392.

Her comment: “Thank you for being an important part of Laguna Art Museum. You are the heart of the community we love.

“It is only through the support of our people like you that we can continue to enlighten and engage people of all ages through art that preserves and embodies the California experience. We appreciate you!”

If you missed the opportunity by some chance, there’s always an opportunity here.

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And this in from Assemblywoman Diane Dixon in the 72nd.

The Assembly had a new Speaker (Robert Rivas) selected last week that in turn translated to a number of changes in committee assignments.

Dixon going forward will serve on Appropriations (fiscal bills, including bonds and alternative public financing), Banking & Finance (financial institutions, real property finance, consumer finance and corporate securities), Business & Professions (creation and oversight Department of Consumer Affairs, professional licensing and product labeling), Governmental Organization (Alcoholic Beverage Control, gambling/tobacco, outdoor advertising, state contracting, holidays, seals, official acts), Judiciary, serving as Vice Chair (family law, product liability, tort liability, Civil Code and Evidence Code) and Rules, serving as an Alternate (Proposed amendments to the rules, and other matters relating to business of the Legislature).

She reminds constituents “that if you have an opinion on a bill, you can tell the committee members by clicking here, selecting the relevant committee and then simply submitting your position letter.”

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